New Mexico Elk Late Season Tags on Sale Nov 3rd

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More than 500 late-season elk hunting licenses will be available Nov. 3 in a first-come, first-served sale on the Department of Game and Fish website.

Only hunters who were unsuccessful in the regular drawings or did not hold a 2010-2011 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses, which will be available only on the Department website. Hunters of all ages can purchase licenses beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.

Hunters are strongly advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, user name and password before the sales begin. The sale is first-come, first-served and popular hunts sell out quickly. Available late-season elk license include:

Any legal weapon, antlerless elk:

  • Unit 9 (including Water Canyon but not Marquez Wildlife Area) -- Jan. 1-31, 50 licenses.
  • Unit 34 (portions of unit open; click here for map) -- Jan. 1-31, 100 licenses.
  • Unit 53 (except Cerro portion) -- Dec. 4-8, 50 licenses.

Archery hunts, trophy bull elk APRE/6 (six-point antlers or more on one side):

  • Unit 12 -- Nov. 21-24, 25 licenses.
  • Unit 34 -- Dec. 11-15, 200 licenses.
  • Unit 37 -- Dec. 4-8, 100 licenses.

The Department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists continue to assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs. Because these assessments require information gathered during fall aerial surveys and regular fall hunts, the licenses are made available via online, first-come, first-served sale. Distributing them through the normal draw process is unrealistic as it requires significantly more time than is available to ensure all successful hunters receive their licenses before the start of their hunt.